6.30.2015

DUBROVNIK TRAVEL GUIDE PART 1 | THE OLD CITY

I am so excited to finally get all of these photos up from our trip to Croatia! We took so many pictures and I had such a hard time editing them down. We spent a week in Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian Coast. Our apartment overlooked the Adriatic and was a ten minute walk to the ancient, walled Old City. We arrived very late at night and upon waking up on our first morning I stood on our balcony just staring in awe at the view. There are plenty of accommodations down in the Old City, but we chose the location of our rental for the views we would have. And they did not disappoint! The only downside we could find to staying above the Old City was the trek back to our apartment after a long day of sightseeing. You had the choice of a more direct route via hundreds of stairs (not an exaggeration!) or a bit of a longer walk up a very steep hill. Other than that, the location was perfect. We got a lot of use out of our Ergo carrier. The amount of stairs you needed to walk in order to get in to, out of, and around the Old City was pretty extraordinary. Josephine wasn't having any of it so into the carrier she went. It was also where she napped pretty much every day. Pete was a champ carrying her around in the blazing heat all week!


| Eat + Drink |
The amount of restaurants, cafes, and bars in the Old City was astounding! We ended up choosing places to eat based around whether they had a menu that would satisfy a somewhat picky toddler--pizza and pasta all day every day--but you could find pretty much any cuisine imaginable. You will not go hungry while there, that is for sure! We were so relieved to find that the restaurants were very child-friendly, as well. We were always offered a high chair and one restaurant even brought out a big bag of crayons and paper for Josephine. Two thumbs up for that!

Glam Cafe - We found this little cafe on our second or third day and it became our go-to for a caffeine pick me up (and croissant for Josephine) before a long day of exploring. Tucked in a side alley off of one of the main squares, it was also a wonderful respite from the heat!

D'Vino Wine Bar - Just across the alley (literally two steps) from Glam Cafe. We never got around to stopping in, but it received amazing reviews on trip advisor. They boast the largest selection of wines by the glass in Dubrovnik!

Dolce Vita - This ice cream parlor was actually recommended to us by the woman who worked at D'Vino Wine Bar. We struck up a conversation with her one morning while we enjoyed our lattes and Josephine ran back and forth in the alley. Not ones to pass up a recommendation from a local, we tracked it down... and it became a nightly stop for gelato. Delicious!!

Dubravka Restaurant - This restaurant was just outside the city walls and had a large patio overlooking the water. We loved watching all the ships go by while we ate dinner! Pete and I had pizza and the chef kindly prepared a bowl a of plain penne pasta with butter for Josephine. Just the way she likes it ;)

Konoba Jezuit - Situated in the square right outside the Church of St. Ignatius, this place gets five stars just for being all-around awesome when it comes to catering to a toddler! This was the aforementioned restaurant with the crayons and paper :) Plus the wait staff could not have been sweeter. Josephine blew them all air kisses as we were leaving. The cutest!]

| See + Do |
There is quite a lot to see in the Old City. We enjoyed just wandering around, getting lost among the many little alleys and squares. I loved taking in the local people and culture as we walked. I could not stop taking pictures of all of the laundry strung across balconies and between buildings. Yes, it was someone's undergarments and bed linens, but there was something oddly beautiful about it all!

Game of Thrones Tour - We may be the only people who don't watch this show, but for all you fans out there the Old City is where all the King's Landing scenes are filmed. Dubrovnik is actually home to several other filming locations for Game of Thrones, so it would make for a really fun place to visit if you are an avid watcher!

Walking Tours - For those who like a more organized approach to exploring, there were tons and tons of guided tours available.

City Walls - I'll share more about this in another post, but walking the ancient city walls is a must do!

Franciscan Monastery - We wandered in one day when Josephine had fallen asleep in the carrier and we were in search of a quiet respite from the crowds. The "old pharmacy" museum inside the monastery was really neat. All the herbs and tinctures and notebooks of recipes used by the monks to treat brothers and citizens hundreds of years ago were on display. It was fascinating.

Dubrovnik Aquarium - Nothing to write home about, but I include this as a great place to escape the heat on a particularly grueling day with a little one.


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1 comment:

  1. Your pictures are GORGEOUS! And such sweet moments captured with J. LOVE.

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